Bright Star, also called The Irene Dunne and Fred MacMurray Show, used big film stars to add to the appeal of the show and gain listeners.
Best known for her films with Cary Grant, Irene Dunne left film action in 1952 to save her legacy as Hollywood’s First Lady. She had been nominated for five Academy awards in such films as The Awful Truth and Love Affair, but failed to win the award. Later President Eisenhower chose her to be the alternate U.N. delegate of the General Assembly in 1959. Though a prolific film actor through the 1930s and 1940s, Fred MacMurray is best known as Steve Douglas the patriarch on My Three Sons (1960-1972). A personal friend of Walt Disney, MacMurray starred in many Disney films including The Shaggy Dog, The Absent Minded Professor, and Son of Flubber.
Lasting only one season, Bright Star is about Susan Armstrong (Dunne) the editor of a struggling newspaper the Hillsdale Morning Star. MacMurray plays George Harvey an idealist star reporter who often conflicts with his editor over stories. MacMurray and Dunne have a good rapport as both have excellent comedic timing. Overall, this is a charming show that will delight fans of both Fred MacMurray and Irene Dunne.
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November 30, 2020 Subject:
Irene Dunn Fred's MacMurray!
Nothing like an apostrophe "S" turning two names into a risque sentence. Or, we can jumble them up:
"Fred Dunn Irene's MacMurray"!
Bet you didn't know that she could sing. Irene had such a beautiful singing voice. Here's a little sample of how truly talented Irene Dunn was. This clip is from the 1939 movie musical "Showboat". Enjoy. https://youtu.be/1jcC3LOHDhA
October 14, 2009 Subject:
These half hour shows are a pure joy to listen to. In my mind I am watching an old black and white movie. The scripts are well written and the actors have a great on air chemistry.
I'd like to find more shows like this...and with about 70 years of recorded shows here at Internet Archive...I just might.